Clothes of the Eighties, Balloon Sneakers
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Sex: Female
Type of clothing: Sneakers
When it was popular: 1980s
Description: They were Thom McAnn sneakers. The most popular stock #'s were for white ones 79816 and for the black ones 79820. They had no support but were comfortable anyhow. Fayva shoes came out with a sneaker that was similar called Candies but I don't believe sold as well. The balloon sneakers I believe sold for .99.
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Reynolds1863 - July 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a pair of white ones. If I recall correctly mine were $3.00.
Jt62786 - March 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Sneakers were so cheap back than.
hilly zee - March 23, 2009 - Report this comment
They were made of stretch fabric. Even the laces were stretchy. I still wear mine.
Jules - April 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Balloons were a Thomacan Shoe Store bran...I used to have a pair of Balloons that were Reebok 5411 knock offs....LOL - April 29, 2009 - Report this comment
hilly zee, id love to see yours! does anyone know where to find them?
chrissie - May 14, 2009 - Report this comment
they were the best! i just tried finding them online. the closest i've come across is the keds brand.
Renee Bennington - May 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Had a blue pair especially for a school trip to D.C. First day of the trip, I spilled chocolate milk on them.
Tammie - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
These shoes were my fav. I also had the high top ankle tennis shoes. I wish I could find a pair now.
Denise - August 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone know if we can still buy them???
JANIE - September 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Lauren - November 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember that there were Balloon hightops that were a different color on the inside if you rolled the top down.
traci - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
had a pair of canvas ones and loved them wish they still made them had the hi top version too made by candie's
D - January 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I also had a pair, not the high top, of the Candies. I loved them. They actually fit me better than the other brands. Does anyone know what the Candies model number was or where to find them?
sarah - May 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Anyone else put friendship beads around their balloons??? ;o)
AmyO - July 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I still love these - they are cut narrow and fit my narrow feet - I can't wear Keds. Every two years I spend $8 or $9 at Kmart - they are my beach shoes. Pink or white, whatever I can find. :)
sharon - July 25, 2010 - Report this comment
i love these shoes! no support for the flat footed. i have a pair of blue denum with an elastic blue and white band and a zip up front. looking for more...
lesah5 - July 31, 2010 - Report this comment
I wore these shoes for ever. My dad used to say they were bad for my feet because they had no support. Bought a pair last year a Kmart. No way can I wear them now I need the support!!:))
Susan H - August 14, 2010 - Report this comment
My mom wants me to buy her a pair!!!! Hers are wearing out. Help!
dianne - December 29, 2011 - Report this comment
i love balloon sneakers .i can not find any .i AM NOW WEARING FLIP FLOPS ,because nothing feels good on my feet anymore.
patty - March 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I still have a well worn out pair of black balloon sneakers and I still wear them. My white ones bit the dust long ago. Anyone know of anything that is comparable?
Cara - June 26, 2012 - Report this comment
My grandmother wants a new pair of these, she has been wearing the same pair forever an swears by them-- I need help finding a pair of white lace up size 8 to surprise her with!!
Barbara - August 09, 2012 - Report this comment
i love these shoes.. ive been looking forever for them.. i use to wear them at school. they go with everything.. i would really want a pair if any one can help me find them.. i want my daughter to wear them to see how comfy they are lol.
andre g - December 22, 2012 - Report this comment
I use to work at Thom McAn in Boston in the 80s. The Ballons shoes came in slip-ons and lace ups. The white Ballons were the most popular pair of shoes in the store. Every salesperson knew the stock number by heart. I believe we sold the shoes at 9.99 or 12.99. I wish I would have stocked up on them when I was working. I found this site because I saw a skechers commercial that reminded me of Ballons # 79816.
Pam - February 12, 2013 - Report this comment
I have been looking for the white canvas balloon sneakers forever....Is there a place to buy them? the white canvas at kmart are not the same, jc penny had a brand similiar in comfort but i cant think of the name of them ..
kate - June 10, 2013 - Report this comment
I just bought a pair of tan ones for $2.00 at my local thrift store!
mike - September 04, 2013 - Report this comment
Just listed a pair of new, white on ebay. Search for balloons sneakers thom mcan.
mickey - September 09, 2013 - Report this comment
i have a black zip up pair and i love them so much. but they are kind of fading and ripped i don't know where to get another pai just like them (^0^)bring them back, bring the awesome shoes back :(
Carla - July 25, 2014 - Report this comment
Hello! I love the black balloons...Pls I need to know where I can find them in Florida, Miami Or any website? Anyone know for which material is made? TKS !
sharron hebert - August 11, 2014 - Report this comment
I really miss those shoes . I use to buy 5 or 6 pairs at a time . They felt great on my feet . I can't understand why such a well selling shoe was discontinued . Mine were candies ,then hanes her way came out with them . How do you get in touch with these company's so they might consider putting them back on the market .
Vernita - August 30, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved them. Where can I buy shoes like them?
Cheryl - March 17, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember like yesterday when I went downtown to the Thom Mcann store and purchased my cute pink balloons sneakers. I love them & I took excellent care of them & I still have them are at least 30 years old I brought them around 1985 or 86.
sharron hebert - August 17, 2015 - Report this comment
who do you contact about making those shoes again . I would buy 50 pairs . They are the only shoes that feel good on my feet . They should bring them back . They sold well .
Annamarie - January 17, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved the candies sneakers! If I could find them I would buy 20 or.They were the Best!
Countrygirl - February 07, 2016 - Report this comment
I've been looking for them for the past two years, haven't found them. They were the most comfortable shoes I've ever had. If I ever get my hands on where to buy them, I'm getting 5 pairs.
Linda - March 21, 2016 - Report this comment
I have a brand new pair of Balloon white canvas sneakers if anyone is looking. Never worn, size 7, slingback type heel. Wish I could send picture.
Kat - February 07, 2017 - Report this comment
I have a pair of white leather Balloons. I bought them on March 30,1999. I still wear them 3-4 times a week. Obviously, I still love them! I want more!
lisa - April 10, 2017 - Report this comment
Kat, I would be interested in the Ballon Shoes can you email me.
Sneaks - May 15, 2017 - Report this comment
Good news for all of you! These shoes are now being made under the name of Easyhoppers Crissy and you can find them at They currently have 5 colors available in many, many sizes as well as in medium and wide widths. Only 12.99 for the white and black ones!!
Bonnie - July 04, 2017 - Report this comment
The website and shoes listed above this comment are exactly like the Balloon's I used to wear!! I have ordered 4 pairs, I will let you know how they are when I receive them!!! So fricken excited, I have been looking for years!!
Ann - July 29, 2017 - Report this comment
Thanks Bonnie! I just ordered 2 pair from Shoe Show. 12.99 each. I can't wait to get them!!!

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